(Poulsbo July 26 2013) — Chief Warrant Officer John Rice assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Devil from Lt. William Birch during a ceremony at Muriel Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo, Wash., July 26, 2013.
The ceremony was presided over by Cmdr. Thomas P. Sullivan, commanding officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor.
Rice was previously assigned as first lieutenant aboard USCGC Boutwell, homeported in San Diego.
Birch will report to Civil Engineering Unit Providence, R.I.
USCGC Sea Devil is an 87-foot Patrol boat homeported in Bangor, Wash. The crew works with various other Coast Guard and Naval units assigned to Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor. USCGC Sea Devil operates in a joint-operation environment to enforce naval vessel protection zones and protect special high-value units in local transit areas.